This Guy Eats Vegan Stereotypes For Breakfast

This Guy Eats Vegan Stereotypes For Breakfast


– She put these chicken
wings in front of me, and I looked at those
wings, and I looked at her. Then I looked at my arms
and then I looked at her, and I just said, “I can’t eat it”. I became plant-based and stopped eating meat about 18 years ago when I turned 22, 21, around that time, when I entered the federal prison system due to my former lifestyle. And it was there that I made a connection to a childhood memory when I was eight years old. My mother would feed us what she could, which was chicken wings. Chicken wings was really
all my mother could afford at that time working two to
three jobs on a nurse salary. And she put these chicken
wings in front of me, and I looked at those
wings, and I looked at her. Then I looked at my arms,
and then I looked at her, and I just said, “I can’t eat it”. She wasn’t tolerating it;
she just said, “Well, why?” And I said, “Because they
look like literally arms and they look like my arms”. The food itself is what really kinda as a kid really discouraged me, you know,
from wanting to eat that. I seen these bones, these tendons, and I was always a picky
eater up until that point. I never liked digging into chicken wings. I never liked digging into
any type of meat-based product that had any type of bone
structure attached to it. It just wasn’t me. I knew it was associated
with some type of animals, but that memory, like a light
bulb registered in my head when I was in that jail
cell trying to figure out why I’m here, why did the universe put
me in this situation. Here I was getting
ready to face some time, and everything pointed to that memory. I’m a strong believer in karma, meaning that no matter
what you do in life, if you are presented with something and you don’t see through
it, and you ignore it, it’ll come back to haunt
you in some type of way. So right then and there
I denounced everything and I created this mantra for myself that if it requires harm, then nahh. And that included not going
back into my community to sell drugs, and it also
included not contributing to a multibillion-dollar industry that was destroying over 50
billion plus animals per year. And that was 18 years ago, and I went from weighing about two, I was close to 260 pounds
when I entered the system, and within four weeks, between four to eight weeks, I got all the way down
to like a solid 200. At the lowest, I got down to 190, and I became one of
the strongest men in my my prison facility. We had about 1,500, 1,200 or 1,500 inmates and we would have what was called “liftoffs”,
and I was in the top 10. Again, I didn’t go plant-based for health. I just didn’t want to have anything to do with any type of destruction
of any type of life form. I did it for not only myself, but animals. People would look at me
like, there go that crazy and there go that weirdo
that doesn’t eat meat ’cause I would trade my
meat protein with the carbs with my cellies and my cellmates. They would line up. they’d give me all their
pasta, their potatoes. I ate a lot of complex and simple carbs. I strongly feel like me
going down this pathway and not contributing to this industry truly had karma help me out,
kinda turn my life around, went from a 180 all the way around where I was getting opportunities
after opportunities. The food and the diet truly
turn on the good genes. There’s a lot of science to back that up. It turns on your good genes, and what you eat can also
turn on your bad genes. So if you’re eating a pretty bad diet full of a lot of high
fructose and processed foods and meat-based diet full of a
lot of carcinogens and more, you’re gonna turn on some bad genes and you’re also gonna promote
the growth of cancerous cells that lay dormant in your body already because we all have some type or form of cancer cell laying dormant. That’s just evolution
from us polluting the air and creating all these
different technologies. But what you feed yourself is
what actually can trigger that and promote those cells to
grow or to keep them dormant, and also to turn on good genes. I’m Dominick Thompson. I’m the founder, creator of a health and sustainable clothing company known worldwide as “Crazies and Weirdos.” I’m also the founder of a
food and nutrition company called “Eat What Elephants Eat” where we teach people
how to eat plant-based.

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